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ssh-1.2.27 exploit
From: jarekk () TENET PL (Jarek Kutylowski)
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 09:27:05 +0100


I have now worked on the ssh-1.2.27 rsaref buffer overflow and consider
ssh now as quite immune. It is of course possible to crash sshd, but
a real attack is, in my opinion, impossible.

Doing an overflow we must provide a buffer of 136 bytes length (the
input_data buffer is 128 bytes + 4 bytes for the EBP and 4 bytes
for the EIP). Everything works fine until we reach the RSAPrivateDecrypt
function in rsaref. This function checks the variable input_len, which
is the length of the buffer (in our case it is minimum 136) against
the variable modulus_len, which is 128. When this check fails (and it
does), RSAPrivateDecrypt returns error, causing sshd to fall into
a fatal error.

A solution for this problem would be to overflow the input_len. On my
machine this variable normally gets optimized, so there is no way. Anyway,
when it is written to stack, it is saved much more before input_data,
so it is unaccessible.

If you have any other suggestions, I'd like to hear them.

-- Jarek Kutylowski
  <jarekk () tcs uni wroc pl>
  <jarekk () tenet pl>

Get my PGP public key by running "finger jarekk () tenet pl"
or by WWW from "www.tenet.pl/~jarekk/pgp.txt" !!!


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